The first trainee nurses to be based in Scarborough for 23 years have officially begun their degree, their university has revealed.
Coventry University Scarborough has just opened its doors to the only trainee nursing cohort based on the Yorkshire Coast.
“All of our students are enthusiastic about developing a career in the healthcare profession”
It said it set up its BSc Adult Nursing degree there in response to the decreasing numbers of qualified health care workers across the area.
The university said it was already expanding the course, increasing the number of places offered after receiving a high number of applications. There are currently 28 places, according to a spokeswoman for the university.
The education provider said it was working in tandem with York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, other local NHS trusts and GP practices to deliver the course.
The course will be composed of 50% theory and 50% practical work in various placements, noted the trust.
The new students will have access to a new clinical skill laboratory, equipped with a mock hospital area furnished with beds and medical equipment, a home area to practice caring in the community, as well as furniture to simulate a GP surgery or practice nurse environment.
The university said the new cohort had so far been oriented to the subjects that will be offered to them, including anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, psychology, sociology and research methods, and they have been outfitted in the uniforms that they must wear throughout their course.
Emily Harrison, course leader in nursing at CU Scarborough, welcomed the new cohort.
She said: “It is very positive that we have already been able to expand the number of places on the course, further addressing the skills shortages in the area at a time when we are in desperate need of more nurses.
“All of our students are enthusiastic about developing a career in the healthcare profession,” she said.
“We look forward to working with healthcare partners to deliver the course and support the trainees as they develop their skills and knowledge,” she added.